PHOENIX, Ore--Senator Ron Wyden is in Southern Oregon today, talking with healthcare providers.
With ongoing mental health challenges nationwide posed by COVID and in southern Oregon also with extreme heat, wildfires, and wildfire smoke, Wyden is meeting with local mental health providers and advocates to gather input for his upcoming legislation about addressing barriers to mental health care.
"There is nothing about this mental health challenge that is about Democrats or Republicans," said Sen. Wyden. "This is about doing right by our communities and our people who are struggling."
He was scheduled to meet with a cadre of mental health professionals, as well as Phoenix Mayor Terry Baker, and State Representative Pam Marsh in Phoenix.
Earlier in the day, Wyden visited Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center, where he spoke with doctors, nurses, and staff. Wyden was at Asante to discuss the impact of the surge of COVID-19 patients.
"You can see the incredible physical and mental toll that COVID is taking this morning on a local hosital not from here," Wyden said. "They are dealing with people who are incredibly sick."
Asante is due to receive help from Oregon National Guard personnel this week to assist with the sure.